Buyers of mechanical bulk material conveyors have a variety of technologies available to choose from. While no conveying technology yet invented is perfect in every respect, there are important strengths and weaknesses in each of the technologies currently available. Choosing the right conveyor is important for efficient and effective operations. This blog highlights the advantages and disadvantages of four common types of mechanical bulk material conveyors.
Consisting of a polyethylene (UHMW) tube in which a carbon or stainless steel auger rotates, flexible screw conveyors are perhaps the simplest and most cost-effective way to transfer materials at low to moderate rates.
Working on the principle of a fluidized airstream created by discs mounted on a rope, aeromechanical conveyors can move moderate amounts of material efficiently.
Used to transfer materials horizontally, vertically, or in an inclined plane, bucket elevators consist of a series of buckets mounted onto a chain or belt.
These conveyors use discs attached to a metal chain to pull wet or dry material through the conveyor to the discharge point.
When choosing from these four types of mechanical bulk material conveyors, buyers will want to consider the relative advantages and disadvantages of each for their particular operation and application. Making the right choice will result in improved operations and reduced costs, as well as ensuring a good match with other equipment and systems.
If you are seeking guidance and support for choosing a mechanical bulk material conveyor for your operation, UniTrak can help. We have over 45 years’ experience in helping companies the world over to solve their bulk material conveying challenges. Our equipment portfolio features conveyors purpose-built to serve high-care, severe service, critical service, and cleanable service applications. To speak with one of our application experts, please contact our sales team directly.
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